As mankind asks more of its technologies, researchers have to find ways to enhance capabilities and performance. This includes developing advanced materials with characteristics that are ideal for a variety of new applications and settings. UTRC’s materials and characterization research program actively supports UTC’s business units in developing advanced material solutions that perform under some of the harshest conditions known. Our researchers are exploring fundamental nanotechnology and Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), as well as ceramic and polymer matrix composite structures, in order to find new solutions that enhance performance. This means applying our research, modeling and material characterization capabilities—including Focused Ion Beam, XPS, AFM and SEM—to get the job done.
Corrosion Modeling: UTRC scientists and engineers are evaluating new ways to understand, measure and predict the onset of corrosion at the nano scale, developing expertise that will enable long-life, high-reliability parts across the product portfolio of UTC businesses.